A best way to gain development skills is to pick a project and go with it.
An interesting toy project may be an XMPP chat bot. There are Python
libraries that allow you to connect to an XMPP server and interact with other users. An example of an XMPP server is talk.google.com
. Using such a library you'd be able to obtain a list of users, handle received messages and send your own messages in response.
I'm afraid a quickly-composed email is not a good way to give you actual
help with such a project. It is sufficient to tell you that Internet is a very, very rich resource which can help you find such a library, install
it, and write some code for it.
A library I have used is xmpppy. I have heard good things about SleekXMPP.
Here's a tutorial on SleekXMPP:
The least clear part of that is probably "pip install sleekxmpp" or "easy_install sleekxmpp"; I suggest you look online for instructions how to use pip and easy_xmpp under your favorite operating system. (It will involve use of the command line.)
My name is Darrel and I just finished the python coding course on code academy. Now I am wondering where to go from here to take my python coding to the next level. Any pointers?